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Family's explosive discovery

Friday, 11th March, 2011

Ammonia nitrate. Ammonia nitrate.

A family did the right thing when they found bags of strange powder at a house in Wandoo Street, police said yesterday.

They called the emergency services and, police said, it was lucky that they did because those bags contained explosives. 

The emergency services were called to the house by a family member about 2.45pm on Wednesday. 

They had been clearing the house and found five to 10 kilos of blue and white powder in bags, police said. 

"With the assistance of explosives staff from the local mine, it was identified that the blue powder was copper sulphate and the white amonia nitrate," a police spokesman said. 

It was taken away by mines staff to be properly disposed of, he said. 

"This is a perfect opportunity to warn all residents that if you are cleaning around homes or sheds and locate anything that is suspicious, do not touch tamper or tilt - get back to safe distance and contact emergency services." 

Meanwhile, police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle from a house in Morish Street.

The 1989 red Honda 250cc bike was stolen from the back shed some time between 3.45pm on Monday and 8pm on Wednesday. 

The police have asked that anyone with information on the bike's whereabouts or who stole it to contact them on 8087 0299.

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